Times of Oman
Price in RO
24ct / gm
22ct / gm
Forex Rates vs R01
Back to Homepage
Corinthians clinch Club World Cup
December 16, 2012 , 3 : 00 am GST
SAVE THIS ARTICLE
Players of Brazil’s Corinthians pose for a photo after defeating Britain’s Chelsea to win the Fifa Club World Cup final soccer match in Yokohama. Reuters
Brazilian giants Corinthians won the Club World Cup in Japan yesterday, overcoming European champions Chelsea 1-0 in a closely-fought encounter.
Striker Guerrero got the goal as the Sao Paulo club secured their second intercontinental title — they won the Fifa Club World Championship in 2000.
Rafael Benitez made three changes to the team that thrashed Mexican side Monterrey 3-1 in the semifinal. Corinthians coach Tite changed just one player from the side that scraped to a 1-0 win over Egypt's Al Ahly, bringing in Jorge Henrique for Douglas.
The match at the 68,000-capacity International Stadium in Yokohama was frenetic right from the first whistle with both sides creating several chances as play swung from end to end. Chelsea came closest to taking the lead after eight minutes when Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio fumbled a Gary Cahill effort from a corner, before gathering the ball just short of the goal-line as Victor Moses looked to pounce.
On 25 minutes the referee waved away a penalty appeal by Corinthians when centre-forward Guerrero went down softly under a challenge by Cahill.
Emerson should have scored three minutes later after Cahill let the ball slip under his foot. But the Corinthians forward blazed his shot over the bar from the edge of the penalty box with just Petr Cech to beat. Guerrero then had a shot blocked shortly afterwards before striker Fernando Torres was similarly denied at the other end.
The Spaniard should have done better on 37 minutes however, expertly controlling a long-range pass from Lampard that split the Corinthians' defence. But a weak shot at Cassio meant the Brazilians breathed a sigh of relief.
Moses did better two minutes later, cutting in from the left and curling a shot which Cassio did well to tip round his left-hand post.
The Corinthians goalkeeper was proving tough to beat, holding onto a long-range shot from Juan Mata shortly afterwards, and the teams entered the break goalless.
The second half started as quick as the first, with Eden Hazard causing problems for the Corinthians defence before midfielder Paulinho gave Cech a fright with a shot that narrowly went wide on 64 minutes. There was finally a breakthrough five minutes later when Guerrero headed in from close range after Danilo's shot was blocked.
Benitez brought Oscar on for Moses almost straightaway. But it was Torres who missed the best chance to equalise when he shot straight at the goalkeeper from the edge of the six-yard box with only four minutes to go. Cahill was sent off shortly afterwards. Torres had the ball in the net in injury time, but it was ruled offside and Corinthians held on.
Mexican side Monterrey took third place at the Club World Cup in Japan yesterday, defeating African champions Al Ahly 2-0.
Rate this Article
Rates : 0, Average : 0
Post a Comment
Did you like this section? Leave a comment!
Your Name :
Your Email Address :
Your Comment :
Enter Image Text:
No Comments Posted
Latest in this section
Commonwealth Games 2014: Bezzoubenko bags five gold medals, Indian shooters dominate
Tour de France cycling: Dominant Nibali poised to be crowned in Paris
Commonwealth Games 2014: Bolt ready for Commonwealth debut
Cricket: We’re hurting at Jadeja punishment, says Dhoni
Ali and Amur claim final day’s honours at Oman Automobile Association's Ramadan Motorsports Festival
TOP RATED ARTICLES
Number of Omanis joined 'Oman stands Palestine' amidst growing support and calls for peace march
Eid holidays will leave thousands of consumers to cope with cash crisis
Saleh Al Shaibany
Workout app to help health buffs
‘Tabseel’ spurs economic boom in Al Mudhaibi
Formula One: Rosberg on pole after Hamilton hopes go up in smoke
More in News
More than just a moustache - Adolf Hitler vs Charlie Chaplin
Urban gardens greening Berlin rooftops, airfield
Italian violinist strikes a chord with street children
Tips for writing a good article
How to choose your writing form and communicate your creative thoughts
Natasja Engholm - Special to Times of Oman
More in Features
Of the tipping point of Vladimir Putin
Arrogance will one day destroy America
Media doesn’t tell real story of Middle East
Syrian ‘moderates’ aren’t so moderate in Iraq
Isis is the backlash of an unreal revolution
More in Columns
Copyright © 2012 Muscat Press & Publishing House SAOC. All rights reserved. Times of Oman is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
For reprint rights contact:
TOO Online Editorial